Without exception, everyone in livestock farming must know that one of the main differences between fresh and well-rotted manure is its smell. One is strong and borderline offensive, the other is a more earthy compost-like odour. Another difference, of course, is time…probably six to 12 months for the rotting process to take place naturally.
With Defra’s recent announcements about air quality and gaseous emissions in mind, ammonia is one of the main culprits for fresh manure’s offensive smell. This comes from urine along with strong odours from bacterial breakdown of undigested food residues in faeces.
Whether Defra’s suggestion of covering manure heaps ever proves practical or affordable remains to be seen. In the meantime, it is possible to speed up the decomposition of FYM into a well-rotted compost over a matter of weeks rather than months. The secret is feeding the bacteria responsible for the rotting process with a supply of readily available macro and micro nutrients. Very simply, this speeds up the multiplication of bacteria that are naturally present in FYM, and raises their metabolic rate.
The result is manure that’s friable and easy to spread, requiring fewer horsepower and burning less diesel; increased bioavailability of plant nutrients; and fewer flies. This is all possible with the development by Envirosystems’ microbiologists of FYM Booster, available in 10 litre drums each one sufficient for treating 100m3 (about 100 tonnes) of FYM.
Slurry blockages and solidified sediment – no job too tough for these little bug***s
First a note of caution – this will only work by following the instructions for use exactly: No short cuts, no half measures and a touch of patience.
The problems of blocked slurry channels and solidified sediment in hard-to-reach corners are most common in slatted housing. But they can also arise in other systems.
Over the past two years, an ultra-high potency version of SlurryBugs called Shift It has succeeded where all previous attempts had failed. It laces the slurry and sludge with trillions of fibre-chomping, sludge-slurping bio-magicians. Observing them in action, one farmer told us, “it looks like the bugs are having a party – bubbles everywhere!”
If you’ve got sludge problems, now is a good time to act. The bugs are active throughout the year, but they especially love the warmer weather. It gives them a healthy appetite for chomping through fibre and slurping up sludge, speeding up their bio-magical conversion of raw slurry into high value free-flowing plant food.
Not only will this free up blockages and solidified sediment, the resulting liquid will be nutrient-rich plant food, which you can then convert into real money by reducing fertiliser use while maintaining grass yields and quality. One of our Farm Support Team will be pleased to tell you more, call today 01772 860085 or visit www.envirosystems.co.uk.
Host reduction corner: New focus on exploiting slurry’s fertiliser value
Understandably, Defra’s announcement in May of more details in their air quality strategy has raised numerous concerns: Affordability and funding? Practicality and farm workloads? Independence or interference? Food production and environmental protection?…etc.
Amid these genuine worries is hidden an option with gains for farmers and the environment alike. This involves harnessing the immense power of microbes to convert an offensive smelling, anaerobic and gloopy slurry into free-flowing high nutrient value liquid feed for plants, earthworms and other soil fauna, with only a mild inoffensive odour into the bargain.
So a growing number of farmers willing to trust our microscopic friends are turning to SlurryBugs treatment for odour control, plant feed enhancement and to minimise crusting and sludge sediment.
To discuss how this might work for you, please call our Farm Support Team on 020 8895 6241.